Arts & Entertainment

"UR HEAD IS MINE," an intimate summer performance series that brings together [ gay and_or brown and_or fluid ] artists for nights of actions fueled by frustration. This is a takeover of spaces that they have historically been excluded from. They want to create an environment that facilitates the gathering of communities, and a platform to voice their collective disillusionment with the systems they operate within.  Opening reception on July 31st.


Even with people with whom we are close, there are times when a phrase, a judgement, or even a look can hurt their feelings. Perhaps we hit a nerve, pushed one of their "buttons" or been unknowingly insensitive or hurtful.


This weekend make a pilgrimage to “Build a City of Poems: An Interactive Exhibition of Poetry and Art" created by downtown elementary school students and murals from the Community Word Project. Visitors of all ages are invited to come out to Governors Island to contribute their own drawings and poetry, filling in the outline of a gigantic cityscape mural created by artist Felipe Galindo.


Sparks fly as one of the most unlikely romantic couples in all of literature, bluster through a series of hilarious hijinks, and a battle of the sexes ensure. This production is directed by Tom Waites, whose short film Pandora's Box won Best Director and Best Screenplay for the Short Film Contest at Atlantic City Film Festival. 


"That thing between you and your words." In collaboration with the exhibition The Inuituinist, author  Colson Whitehead and entertainer Reggie Watts present lively improvisational descriptions of images chosen from the Viewing Program artist registry. With Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison, and Jina Valentine.  Thursday, July 31, 6:30 pm.
 

On Wednesday, July 30th, three acclaimed crime writers Tom Bouman, Jay Caspian Kang and Adam Sternbergh will participate in a discussion of the present and the future of crime fiction. Contemporary crime fiction also attracts some of our most astute writers and readers, and much like fantasy and speculative fiction, it is experiencing serious critical and cultural attention. Join Housing Works as we discuss the present and the future of crime fiction with three writers innovating the genre all of whom have worn other hats as editors and critics.


We've all experienced that wonderful feeling when we are in the presence of people and places that somehow make us feel like we belong. As children, our parents provide a secure, loving environment. They help, guide and hug us through whatever challenges life delivers. Their support provides the security and guidance that enables us to thrive as we ourselves grow into maturity.


Tattoos are all the rage. Body art and can range from regret-worthy (that time you were really, really in love with a man named "Snake") to visually stunning (check out the work of Stephanie). But all of it is significant of change. With these changes come stories. Hosted By Martie McNabb "Show & Tell: Scars, Tats & Piercings" is a forum to share your life story and whatever may be etched into your skin!


On July 17th, Housing Works Soho Shop will be transformed into an art gallery with a special opening featuring donated pieces from artist friends including Jemima Kirke (Girls), Scooter LaForge and Mel Odom as well as a curated collection donated from generous New Yorkers own collections, volunteers and staff.


For as long as I can remember, meals would always include a starch or a grain, Breakfast would be cereal—hot or cold—plus bread -- white or whole grain. Lunch would usually be a sandwich, hamburger, hot dogs or pizza and dinner would have rice or pasta in one of its many forms—macaroni, spaghetti, spirals, etc. What was a meal without bread or a starch?
Seemingly out of the blue, we are bombarded with the perils of eating gluten.


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